A traditional Christmas Cracker, suitable for all
The traditional Christmas Cracker was invented
in Victorian England in 1840, supposedly inspired by both Parisian
almond bon-bons wrapped in paper, and a burning fireplace log. It is
called a cracker because of the surprise BANG! that erupts when it is
pulled apart, created by friction on a volatile substance, much like a
cap gun. Our version is much tamer, packed only with the candy and
treats you love! And any holiday can benefit from candy, so we included
images for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Easter. This is
great, simple craft for kids.
images sized to wrap around the diameter of a paper towel
tube (about 9.5" X 6")), printed on matte photo paper.
Cardboard tube from a paper towel roll.
Colorful paper wrapping – crepe paper or tissue
Double-sided clear tape.
Scissors or craft knife (or razor blade) and
Candy or other small treats. A folded paper hat
and a written motto or fortune is very British.
candy in the cardboard tube. Believe me – you can forget to do this.
Put some transparent tape over the ends to keep it from falling out
while you work on the wrapping
Cut wrapping paper to 20” X 10” and lay it face
down, long side in front of you.
Put a long strip of double-sided tape down the
length of the tube. Center the tube along the 20” edge of the paper,
and press the tape side down. Now roll the tube in the paper, and when
it is completely wrapped, put another long strip of double-sided tape
on the edge of the paper, and press it onto the tube. You should have a
tube wrapped in paper, with about 5” of extra paper at each end.
Cut your image to 9.5” X 6” and lay it face
Put a strip of double-stick tape along both long edges. Center the tube
over the image and get it parallel with the edge of the image. Press
the tube down on the tape, and roll the image around the tube.
Cinch the wrapping
end, and tie with ribbons
Jazz up your cracker by fringing the paper ends
You can use glue instead of double-sided tape,
but you’ll have to hold things in place with tight rubber bands while
the glue dries